Interview: Following 57.54 NAG, Lydia Jacoby Discusses Training & Racing At Texas

by Ben Dornan 2

December 03rd, 2022 Big 12, College, National, News, Video

2022 MINNESOTA INVITE

During her first mid-season meet for the Texas Longhorns, Lydia Jacoby proved that she has adapted to short course yards when she threw down a 57.54 100 breaststroke for second place. She was second to teammate Anna Elendt who swam a 57.48, which made her and Jacoby the 2nd and 3rd fastest in the country this season. That swim was also a new national age group record for Jacoby, taking out Kaitlyn Dobler‘s 57.71 from 2021.

After her race, Jacoby spoke about her swim and how her training has been going at Texas so far this year:

“It’s great. We have anywhere from four to nine of us on any given day in the breaststroke group. So it’s been fun just having people to race all the time even if one person isn’t there, there’s always someone to take their place. So I think we all really push each other and I think none of us could do it without the rest.”

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Jacoby followed up her individual 100 breaststroke with a 58.70 split on Texas’ B 400 medley relay, contributing to the team’s third-place finish after Texas A and Cal. Jacoby has been racing a lot over the past few weeks, having swum at the FINA World Cup in Toronto in late October, followed by the Texas v Virginia meet one week later. Following the 2022 Minnesota invite, Jacoby will head back to Texas and will swim at Winter Juniors. Jacoby talked about how much she loves racing and how she’s been adapting to a new schedule since joining the Longhorns:

“I’ve always liked racing. I mean, that’s the reason I swim. If I could just race and never train I would so ya as much racing I can do is great and then we’ve been balancing that with school and then really locking in my training schedule. So it’s been good to kind of combine racing a lot with also being consistent with my training, which I’ve had trouble doing in the past.”

As the reigning Olympic champion in the event, the 100 breaststroke is Jacoby’s signature, but she added that since coming to Texas she’s upped her meters and has been focusing on endurance in order to tackle to 200 breaststroke. Jacoby swam the top time in the 200 breast during prelims with a 2:09.77, slightly trailing her 2:08.77 PB from 2021. Her final individual race of the meet with be the 200 breaststroke where she’ll face Elizabeth Moore (2:10.50) and Hazal Ozkan (2:11.44) of Wisconsin, teammate Channing Hanley (2:13.32), among others.

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Sewardtsunamis
2 months ago

Let’s go!
Your Alaskan family and friends are so happy for you Lydia!

Guy
2 months ago

So yea um